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Will small frozen turkeys be in short supply this year?

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merlotgran Mon 26-Oct-20 11:53:13

We've just had our weekly Tesco delivery. I ordered a small 3kg frozen turkey as there will only be two of us this year and I'm buying things for the freezer gradually rather than worry about delivery slots closer to Christmas.

They were out of stock so Tesco sent a 3kg turkey crown!! Enough for 8-10 shock shock

I'm not complaining because they didn't charge me the extra £5 and all leftovers will be turned into dishes for the freezer but I'm wondering if the predicted small turkey shortage, due to abnormal demand, is already kicking in.

Whitewavemark2 Mon 26-Oct-20 12:08:42

I haven’t been able to buy a cauliflower from sainsbury on LK e for about a month.

Whitewavemark2 Mon 26-Oct-20 12:12:18

I meant to say that I didn’t realise that you can get such a small turkey at 3kg.

merlotgran Mon 26-Oct-20 12:34:51

This is the one I ordered

I have never bought a small turkey but this would have been plenty for the two of us.

Alima Mon 26-Oct-20 12:36:47

Wouldn’t be surprised if small turkeys are in short supply this year. Read quite recently that turkey farmers will probably slaughter the birds earlier than usual then freeze them. That way they don’t have a chance to get fattened up. (In that case maybe small fresh turkeys will be as rare as hen’s teeth this year).

maddyone Mon 26-Oct-20 13:07:39

Maybe people will turn to chicken or other meats this year.

travelsafar Mon 26-Oct-20 13:54:45

I bought a small turkey crown a couple of weeks ago, i have also bought my pigs in blankets. Im buying sprouts this week and as soon as i see parsnips in the shop i will get those. I always buy fresh carrots and freeze half so those already there. Not worried about pudding as we prefer a trifle , not so heavy. Mince pies i will also buy and anything else i see that i think we may need. just hope potatoes will be easy to buy nearer the date also satsumas and nuts.

Bluebellwould Mon 26-Oct-20 14:03:04

Wow, Christmas food!!
I’m on my own and last year had baked beans on toast for Xmas dinner, really enjoyed it too.
This year I’m on a strict low fat and low carb diet so might have a turkey mince Thai curry with courgetti spaghetti. Followed by zero fat yoghurt. Could sprinkle nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice in it for festive cheer I suppose. Hope you enjoy your gluttonous feasts 😜

Elusivebutterfly Mon 26-Oct-20 14:05:30

It's difficult to plan ahead for Christmas this year. We don't know what Tier of lockdown we will be in so don't know how many we will be cooking for at Christmas.
I would expect to be four or six on Christmas Day but being in Tier 2 we can't do this. Everyone maybe in restrictions by then or the Government could lift it back to allowing six people for everyone. I'm waiting until nearer the time to decide on menus.

phoenix Mon 26-Oct-20 14:05:44

Ahem, so not having any smoked salmon then, Bluebellwould?

PECS Mon 26-Oct-20 14:10:34

I have done what I have done in the previous two years: ordered a complete Christmas meal from the shop called Cook..except for sprouts.. I will do those fresh as don't think they freeze well!

merlotgran Mon 26-Oct-20 14:24:02

DH's many health issues are starting to rear their heads again. Lockdown was a glorious period of anxiety free peace and calm for me so because a lot of the time I feel like I'm living with a ticking time bomb I'm mindful that each Christmas could be his last.

Therefore, even if it's just the two of us, it will be a gluttonous feast! grin

Fennel Mon 26-Oct-20 17:51:23

There could be a general shortage of meat and poultry because some slaughter houses and meat processing companies have had to close down because of staff illness from the virus.
I expect they all have to be tested regularly - hope so anyway.

Puzzler61 Mon 26-Oct-20 17:57:57

I made an M&S pre-Christmas collection order and picked something different for our lunch - a pair of stuffed partridges.
(They are small birds).
I’ve no idea what partridge meat tastes like, but I enjoy the vegetables and trimmings more than the meat anyway.
Have to have Christmas pud, my husband wouldn’t swap it for anything else.

merlotgran Mon 26-Oct-20 18:05:21

Partridge is lovely but like all game birds you have to take care to keep them moist during cooking.

I've just ordered my gluten free Christmas Pud from Sainsbury's.

MaizieD Mon 26-Oct-20 18:07:08

There could be a turkey shortage because the skilled seasonal workers from the EU who usually 'process' the UK's turkeys won't be coming this year because of covid quarantine regulations and there isn't time to train UK workers

It won't worry me, I'm not in the least bit bothered about turkey at Christmas. We had venison last year and I've some wild duck and pheasant in the freezer. I think I'll cope...

MaizieD Mon 26-Oct-20 18:07:30

Sorry, forgot to post the link:

Puzzler61 Mon 26-Oct-20 18:09:45

Would you think pan roasting gives best result, like duck, Merlotgran ?
Or oven roast in a “bag” to keep it moist?

merlotgran Mon 26-Oct-20 18:18:40

See what the cooking instructions are on the M&S packaging, Puzzler They should take the need to keep the birds moist into account.

I wouldn't pan fry partridge as there's barely any fat on them, unlike duck.

My best results have come from doing them in the slow cooker the day before then gently reheating them covered with foil and basted with the cooking juices which also make delicious gravy.

Bluebellwould Mon 26-Oct-20 18:42:08

Hah Phoenix, I tried some but I thought it was horrendous. It was sort of like chewing on a tyre that had run through a fishy puddle.
I think I’m just too cheap and uneducated to appreciate smoked salmon, unlike you more refined people. 😂

Niobe Mon 26-Oct-20 18:58:15

It will probably be just the two of us on Christmas Day so we will have turkey if I can get a small crown but if I can’t then a chicken will be fine. Christmas dinner to us is really just a very fancy roast dinner with extras. I will buy fresh veg a couple of days beforehand but will have frozen veg in the freezer just in case I can’t get fresh.
We will have a pudding and I might make a small trifle as well to see us through the day itself and Boxing Day too. A box of Hotel chocolates will be bought just for us to nibble on.

Puzzler61 Mon 26-Oct-20 20:21:03

Thanks Merlotgran .
Tesco did you a favour as you can get more meals than just Christmas lunch from your turkey crown.

lemongrove Mon 26-Oct-20 21:04:00


Hah Phoenix, I tried some but I thought it was horrendous. It was sort of like chewing on a tyre that had run through a fishy puddle.
I think I’m just too cheap and uneducated to appreciate smoked salmon, unlike you more refined people. 😂

That’s a great comparison🤣

lemongrove Mon 26-Oct-20 21:04:55

Agree with Puzzler in fact am going to order one for us.

Illte Mon 26-Oct-20 23:01:12

You can buy an enormous goose and it will still only have enough meat on it for two.

I know. I cooked one once for a Christmas dinner to serve 10 😱